Nokia the company once synonymous with mobile phones which sold its handset business to Microsoft, has now unveiled its latest product. The Ozo is a 360 degree virtual reality camera that can also record audio, all contained in a spherical ball.
The Ozo has eight cameras and eight microphones around its surface, and can enable filmmakers to create virtual reality (VR) video in real time, which can be viewed in a VR head-mounted display (HMD). Another feature Nokia has touted is the Ozo’s ability to churn out a low-resolution version of the footage in a few minutes for filmmakers to see. This process normally could take hours as the VR footage is stitched together.
But the camera isn’t aimed at those wishing to take VR films of the family holiday. The Ozo is being squarely aimed at Hollywood and professional production studios as the camera will be coming with an estimated five figure price.
Nokia is joining a growing list of companies bringing out 360 degree cameras, like GoPro, who want to be able capture this market as it develops. VR studios like Jaunt VR have already pledged support for the Ozo, even though Jaunt VR is creating its own camera.
No price or release date have yet been confirmed for the Ozo camera, but Nokia has said the device should be available by the end of 2015.
VRFocus will continue to follow all the latest announcements regarding Ozo as soon as Nokia releases more information.